8th Grade Newsletter - October 27, 2014

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8th Grade News
For the Week of October 27th, 2014

Welcome to the 8th Grade Newsletter 


Cold season is approaching and the 8th grade team is running low on tissues.  If you have a spare box at home please send it to school with your student to help with the tissue supply.  Thanks again to everyone who donated supplies at the beginning of the year! 


Students will be taking the EXPLORE test on November 11th.  This is a preparation test for the ACT, however without taking the test students cannot receive a high school diploma from a Minnesota High School.  More information will be coming out as we prepare for it, but if you have any specific questions please contact Mr. Yohe.


8th Grade Walking Field Trip 
this Thursday!
REMINDER: Dress appropriately! The weather is supposed to be a high of 54°. Wear warm clothes and appropriate 
footwear for walking and working down by the creek. 

The 8th graders have a tremendous opportunity to learn about the water in our neighborhood - The Minnehaha Creek!  

There are a few open spots for parent volunteers to be included on our trip - please email Mr. Iverson if you would like to come along!  jon.iverson@mpls.k12.mn.us

1.  Seine netting
2.  Turbidity tube testing 
3.  Mussels discussion and identification (in connection with water quality)
4.  Hike
5.  Phosphorus/pH testing

The goal of the trip is to supplement the existing MPS curriculum around weather and water with interesting field experiences - what scientists do to help us understand our world.

Due to the cost of the equipment and staffing - we are asking for a donation of $5.00 per student to help cover expenses for this great opportunity.

Contact Mr. Iverson if you have any questions.
English Language Arts (ELA)

The Giver Meet-Up
at the Riverview!
This Thursday, October 30th, the film adaptation ofThe Giver will be playing at 5:10PM at the Riverview Theater (38th and 42nd Ave S.). 
Tickets are $2 matinee price! I am encouraging students to go see the film with fellow students. Eighth graders voted on which day of the week would work best to attend, and about forty-four students responded they would like to attend this showtime.  This is NOT a mandatory activity.  This opportunity will allow students to compare and contrast how well the film version relates to the text.  I will offer time in class next week if students wish to discuss their analysis of the film's message.  

This movie is rated PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence.  Supervision will not be provided.  I will be in attendance, but students are not required to check-in or complete any assignment. If you are unable to attend this showtime consider attending on a different date and discuss with your child the similarities and differences they recognize between the book and film. If you have any questions please email me at michael.sundlin@mpls.k12.mn.us

 REMINDER: We are constantly adding to our classroom library, so if you would like to donate any young adult and age-­-appropriate texts, our avid readers would be more than grateful!  

Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here

Monday: Ch 23: Analyze the ending and Lowry's message (author's purpose)
TuesdaySoW #6  / "This I Believe" essay introduction
Review your SoW #6 notes.
:Last day for Redo Action Plans!
"This I Believe" essays
The Giver book Ckeck-in. Bring your book!
Thursday: Minnehaha Walking Field Trip
Friday: No School
Complete your Independent Reading surveys and October Reading Reflection (visual) 
Due by Friday, November 7th!

Mr. Sundlin
Intermediate Algebra

We have now started our Function Unit where students will define and identify functions as well as use function notation to evaluate expressions. It is a short unit and thus the test will be Monday, November 3rd.


Mrs. Lindsay's Webpage



Monday-- Relation Machine


Tuesday-- Graph Stories


Wednesday-- Graph Stories

Thursday-- Field Trip for Science






Please be sure to return and field trip forms (both of them) and money to Mr. Iverson as soon as possible.  Thank you!

Our schedule for this week:

How are temperature and pressure related in the air? (lab and demo)

What's a condensation nuclei, anyway?  Raindrops/Clouds notes.

Reading weather balloon data - from Chicago and Phoenix.
Totally awesome field trip to the creek.
Mr. Iverson enters 1st quarter grades.

Have a great week!
Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
Missing Work and Assessment Fixes: I will accept missing work and assessment fixes up until October 30th.  For the unit test fixes students must figure out the right answer and write me a statement why that is the correct answer to get points back for multiple choice.  For the short answer and map questions students should just add to or adjust their answers as necessary.

Monday: Cuban Missile Crisis
Tuesday: Globalization
Wednesday: Review Day
Thursday: Field Trip to Minnehaha Creek

If you would like more detail about what we are doing each week feel free to visit our class website: 
Reader's Workshop

Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
  • Oct. 30: 8th Grade Walking Field Trip (see above)
  • Oct 30: End of Quarter #1
  • Oct 31: NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day
  • Nov 3: Quarter #2 begins
  • Nov 17: Barnes and Noble Fundraiser @ Galleria in Edina from 6-8PM
From 7th Grade:
The students in room 101 are participating in a community service project inspired by the Youtube video, "Kid President Socktober."  By watching the Kid President's video we learned that every night over 600,000 people in the US are homeless and many of those people are kids. Often times homeless shelters find themselves short on warm clothing to provide to these folks and as Minnesotans we know how important it is to be warm in the winter months. We learned that homeless shelters often run short of, and could use more, socks in all colors and sizes. We decided to help by holding a "SOCKtober Sock drive" at Field.  Between October 20 and November 1 we are declaring it, "SOCKtober" at Field School.  Advisory 101 is asking kids and adults to bring in new or gently used clean socks to donate to local homeless shelters. We will provide bags for collection in each advisory. Help us help others, bring in socks today. Sock on!!! 

In This Issue
Language Arts
Intermediate Algebra
Global Studies
Reader's Workshop
Dates to Remember
Contact Info
Site Council
From Our Administrators
School Counselor News
School Social Worker News

Quick Links

Parent portal Log-in


Field web site

Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin


Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

Additional Advisory teachers:

Ola Lloyd

Bev Halvorson


School Social Worker:
Chris Yohe


Anna Sonmore-Costello

Reading Specialist:

Bev Halvorson



Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt





Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:




Main Office (and Attendance):


Traci Lynstad

About the Site Council:

Site Council meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend.  If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting.  Please contact the 8th grade representative to be added to the agenda.

From our Administrators:

School Counselor News, from Chris Yohe

Washburn's Open House is October 22 from 5-7PM

High School Open Houses:

*       Southwest : Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m.

* North

Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m.

*       Henry:

Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

*       Edison:

 Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m.

*       Roosevelt: Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

* South:

 Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

News from the PTA

"Support Field, Support the Students, Support the Teachers and Support Reading"


Field Community School's Book Fair is

Monday, November 17 at Galleria Barnes and Noble in Edina from 6 to 8 pm.

Field Student will be performing as part of our wonderful Music Program


 For every book you purchase at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair, a percentage goes to bring new and teacher chosen books into our school.  We all understand that schools need our support.  You can come and shop November 17, or go on line that week, and do your part to bring the gift of books and reading to Field.


Thank you all so very much!

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